Italian Placement Test

Updated March 2024


All students who have not yet studied Italian at Yale (except for those who have no previous formal or informal exposure to Italian whatsoever*) are expected to take the Departmental placement exam.  Students who studied abroad over the summer with programs other than Yale’s MUST take the placement exam in order to be eligible to receive credit for their work. The placement exam will also insure that these students enroll in the appropriate course should they wish to continue their study of Italian.

The Department strongly recommends that students who earned a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement exam, 6 or 7 on the Advanced-Level International Baccalaureate (IB) exam, a rating of C1 on the CEFR European test, or an A or B on the GCE A-Level exam take the placement exam in order to be directed to the most appropriate course and thus save precious time during Shopping Period.

Students who wish to begin taking Italian in the spring are advised to take the placement exam now. Placement exam results will remain valid for one year.

After taking the Italian test, your placement results will be displayed immediately on screen.

*Students wishing to begin a new language but who do not have prior study of that language simply enroll in L1; no placement exam is required.

Further information about placement testing and the use of placement scores at Yale can be found here.

Technical Requirements for Online Testing

Mobile devices are not supported for the online placement tests. You should use a computer with a current version of MacOS or Windows and a recently updated browser.  For Mac users, Chrome or Firefox browser is preferred.

Technical Support

Live support for Lingco is available during regular business hours through the chat icon in the bottom right corner of the screen. 
If you still have problems accessing the test after contacting Lingco, please complete the Placement Test Support Form to request help.  Technical support for online tests is available during all Yale workdays. On weekends and holidays, you may expect a response on the next workday. For a list of Official Yale Holidays, check the online calendar.

Academic Honesty

Before taking the placement test, please read Yale College’s policy on academic honesty.

Test Link

After checking that your computer meets the technical requirements above, click the test link below.

Test Link